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The mechanics of soft tissues

 The mechanics of soft tissues Biological soft tissues are particularly common in nature. For instance, many organs in the human body such as the skin, the brain, the gastro-intestinal system are made of soft tissues. A tremendous effort has recently focused on understanding their mechanical properties in view of helping medical doctors, surgeons and biomedical engineers to improve episodes of care for patients. In the first part of the talk I will present the mathematical framework for modelling the mechanics of soft tissues. I will then illustrate two examples where this framework can be used to model (a) the biological processes of growth and morphogenesis in the gastrointestinal system and (b) the mechanical behaviour of soft tissues with a family of fibres, such as muscles, tendons and ligaments.

This seminar will take place on Friday 23rd February, at 4 p.m, in  Room A2-002.

If you have any questions regarding this seminar, please direct them to Iain Moyles (061 233726,

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Supported by Science Foundation Ireland funding, MACSI - the Mathematics Applications Consortium for Science and Industry (, centred at the University of Limerick, is dedicated to the mathematical modelling and solution of problems which arise in science, engineering and industry in Ireland.